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Kusakabe Studio in Miharu

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This is the front door to the pottery studio and artists workshop of Masakazu Kusakabe. He is one of the most remarkable people I have ever met.  Not only is he a great artist, but he has an open heart and a wide spirit.  Please visit him in Miharu.  The pottery on the right is by his assistant Shinobu Kanayama.

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Inside the front door you'll find a table as big as Kusakabe's heart.  Above the table are many small clay planets of his devising.  A simple pot and a single flower grace the table.


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A wide shot of the Kusakabe Farm. At left is the astronomy tower.  At right chimneys of two kilns rise above the back enclosure.  The central building is a charming, old, traditional, Japanese farmhouse.

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The north wall of the main room holds a Japanese shrine and many local hariko dolls and daruma, as well as sensei's soundsystem where he enjoys playing an eclectic mix of music.  German and American theater speakers produce a concert hall effect.  Lovely!
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The main room is graced with old Japanese tansu (dressers) and antiques of all kinds, interspersed with his pottery and paintings.  You really have to see it for yourself.

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Just inside the door is an old Japanese cooking area called the Iryori.  Guests feel welcome as they sip tea at the iryori with sensei.

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Outside, just below the farmhouse, is a hand-built teahouse. Here, sensei does tea ceremony for his guests.

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